Granville Island Tea Co

Recent Tasting Notes

65

This tea just isn’t nearly as good as some of the others in my cupboard right now. Yes, it is flavoured with lemon and strawberry, but mostly what I taste is the lemon, with a little floral berry going on in the background.

I do not care for the black tea base in this one. I steeped for only 3 minutes, and it’s already a little bitter and quite astringent, and that’s even after adding almond milk and honey. Sadly, the rating is dropping on this tea. I probably won’t be getting much else from Granville Island, as their smallest package is 50g and I’d rather try a bunch of smaller samples, then get larger quantities of the stuff I really like.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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65

I was Christmas shopping on Granville Island and decided to stop in and see what they had for strawberry black teas. This is the one that was recommended to me, and I trusted the salesperson as all I could tell is that the tea was a bit sweet and fruity. I’m really annoyed with this cold!

I’ve had it a couple times, and although the lemon addition means it’s not quite as strawberry-y as I wanted, it’s pretty good. I just made up a mug, and now that I’m not as sick I can taste and smell the lemon. I oversteeped at ~4 minutes and it’s turned a little bitter, so I’ll have to remember to do a 3 minute steep in the future. After adding a touch of honey and a splash of soy creamer, it’s tastier… but it’s still not exactly what I was looking for. I really wanted a black tea with a strong, natural strawberry flavour for strawberry tea lattes. One with no raspberry leaves in it!

Edit: As my smell comes back even more, this tea is more lemony than strawberry-y. There’s a scent of strawberries, but the taste is more a delicate fruity lemon tea. Nice, but totally not what I wanted. Rating stays, because it’s a nice flavour. I probably won’t repurchase it, though.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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56

I pulled this out of my black tea box, steeped it, and by the time I had returned it to the tin, had forgotten what I had made. It was a fun game to figure it out.

It seems that the pomegranates are more prominent this time around, but the black base is slightly astringent. The sweet and bitter combination is interesting and will get me through the cup, but I’ll probably switch to something else instead of resteeping.

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56

This was given to me by a friend who wanted more out of this tea, and was hoping I might enjoy it more. So far, so good.

The black tea provides a nice base, while the vanilla and pomegranate are hints that sweeten it up. I don’t know that I would replace it when I run out, but I am enjoying it.

I feel mean rating it this low, but based on the smilies in the scale, this is where it belongs.

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100

This was a newly arrived tea at Granville Island Tea Co. when I visited them. It was a tad pricey for my pocketbook but the vendor was nice enough to throw in a sample with my other purchases!

Unfortunately, this just confirms further that I have a taste for the expensive darjeelings.

This was amazing. So smooth. So mellow. Not a bit of bitter. Characteristically a tad dry and heavy muscatel notes in the background. I will share this with another darjeeling fiend I know and then I will be very sad when it is gone. This is by far the best 2nd flush I have tasted yet. I feel very lucky to have had 2 exceptional darjeelings close together.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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83

This is the only Lady Londonderry I’ve tried so I can’t compare to others, but this is pretty good.

Definitely taste the lemon and strawberry. The lemon seems to intensify when this cools. It is a tart tea even when hot, though. Not sure I’ll try to keep this in the cupboard but it’s tasty.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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88

I, like the other reviewers here, have forgotten what teas the vendor told me were in this blend. I remember Assam and strawberry and at least 2 other blacks.

The leaves are very small, some may be CTC but there are others that are a bit larger. It infuses quickly. Most definitely smells and tastes of fresh strawberry – enough so that I picked out strawberry from the smell before I remembered the vendor telling me it was in there. A hint of astringency in the last of the swallow makes me wonder if maybe a darjeeling is in the blend. The liquor is a deep mahogany color. I’m going to hazard a guess that it could border on the bitter if let go too long.

This is tasty.

Added a picture here that my husband took after my purchases at Granville Island Tea. :)

http://s1165.beta.photobucket.com/user/dagony/media/Q02A3541.jpg.html

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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71

Maybe my stomach is jittery due to all the caffeine I’ve been drinking?

I’m off for a walk, so I’ve loaded my Timolino with this Rooibos to see if that makes a difference. I love the sweet earthy smell of this blend. It’s surprisingly good. I figure it will nicely counter the brisk fall air.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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71

This was the first time I added a tea to the database. Figures I had a typo in the title with my tablet, and now I can’t correct it! Can someone please fix it for me?

So this was my first loose-leaf Rooibos. I tried drinking some bagged Rooibos when I was pregnant because I wanted caffeine free drinks, but it was awful. I wasn’t too sure if this would be much better, but it was great. Now I’m excited to try more.

The vanilla and almond mix together quite pleasantly and the smell and is soooo good. I can’t wait to try more Rooibos teas.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Saryn

Fixed!

canadianadia

How did you do that strike-through text?

Cavocorax

You put a “-” before and after the text you want to strike through. I found instructions for it in the FAQ (because I was trying to figure out how to bold text).
http://steepster.com/discuss/2768-steepster-faq

canadianadia

oooh! that’s handy, thanks for sharing :)

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30

This is supposed to be buttered rum flavoured? LOLWUT!? It doesn’t smell like buttered rum – more like a slightly fruity/vanilla scented tea and it doesn’t really taste like anything except regular tea. Epic!Fail guys.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
Kittenna

Lame! At least the DavidsTea version smells quite like a buttery, delicious rummy treat :D

Jillian

Yes, I was quite disapointed as the Granville Island Tea Co’s blends are usually quite good.

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63
drank Aislaby by Granville Island Tea Co
1601 tasting notes

Life has hit a few bumps lately for me so it’s been awhile since I’ve had the chance to peruse Steepster. Those of you who are waiting on packages from me – I’ll deal with those in the next few days.

Now on to the tea. This particular tea is a Ceylon from the Uva region of Sri Lanka. I picked up the last time I visited the shop in the Granville Island Public market (which is a wonderful place, BTW) and according to the owner this one they only recently acquired.

To be honest I was expecting something with a bit more flavour. It has a generic tea taste and…that’s it, mostly. The body of the tea is quite light, even with an extended steeping but oddly enough I found I still needed to add milk in the end to smooth out the taste. It would make a good introductory loose-leaf black tea I think, or maybe for an afternoon tea where you don’t necessarily want a robust, full-flavoured brew.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec
DaisyChubb

We miss you around here!
Hang in there – life is full of bumps but you’ll get over them, I know it. You always have a community here to welcome you back with open arms :)

Kittenna

I’m with DaisyChubb :) Was wondering if something was going on, because you seemed to be a regular around here and then pretty much disappeared! Hope things settle(d) down for you…

Jillian

Thanks guys, you’re so sweet. <3

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82

A lot like Earl Grey, but with a little twist! Completely delicious!

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79

The last time I was in the Granville Island Tea Co in Vancouver they’d just got several new oolong teas in stock and I grabbed a small sample of this one to try as it was fairly expensive I seem to recall.

It’s clearly a fairly green oolong which the floral aroma seems to bear out. There’s also some sort of small, purple flower that’s mixed in with the loosely-rolled tea leaves, though I think that’s more for visual appeal than anything else.

There’s a surprising bakey note at the start of each sip but that fades into a smooth, slightly floral flavour at the end. There’s also hints of sweetness and maybe something vegetal mixed in with everything. This oolong kept its flavour well for several steeps and stayed pretty consistant throughout.

It doesn’t quite beat the awesome Iron Goddess of Mercy that this tea company also carries, but it’s a good, easy-drinking tea.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C

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71

I used up the last of this sample from Jillian to make a cup of cold brewed tea for lunch. It turned out really well… citrusy and bergamotty with a hint of lemongrass. Not too strong, but nice, light and refreshing. Yum!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Jillian

I glad you enjoyed it! :)

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71

Yesterday I was running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off, so I didn’t get a chance to sit down and really have a cup of tea, apart from the cold brewed tea at lunch. It felt so wrong! I mean, I’m used to not having tea on the weekends, especially in the summer, because I don’t do a lot of tea drinking at home, but at work I almost always have my morning and afternoon teas, and I had neither!

Anyway, today should be a bit better. This tea smells lemony and citrusy and bright, and should definitely help perk me up this morning. This cup doesn’t have the very slight bitterness that the first one had. The black tea base is very smooth this morning, with the bright lemongrass and citrus popping through and almost making my tongue tingle.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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71

I really am kind of compulsive about trying all the new teas I haven’t tried yet before going back to the rest of my cupboard. I’ll occasionally return for something specific (see: yesterday’s jasmine tea), but not too frequently. Thanks to Jillian for sending me another Earl Grey to try! I love a nice traditional EG, but I also tend to really enjoy EGs with extras like lemongrass and other citrus in them.

Brewed up, this one smells citrusy and lemongrassy. These notes give the flavor an extremely bright edge; you can rarely hide lemongrass in a blend, and that’s the case here. Fortunately I like lemongrass! But if you don’t this isn’t the tea for you. The bergamot in this is still a featured flavor, but everything else added means that it’s very citrusy and fruity. There’s a faint hint of astringency and bitterness, but not enough to bother me for this cup. All in all, a nice “alternative” Earl Grey and one I might consider keeping around for those times when I really want a lemony, citrusy Earl Grey.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Jillian

Surprisingly, given the bold citrus flavours, this tea is actually quite nice with a touch of milk which manages to cut some of the astringency. :)

Dinosara

Thanks, I’ll keep that in mind!

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73

This is an interesting take on the traditional earl grey tea. The orange and lemon flavours give the tea a tangy zip without the added pungency of bergamot. It goes surprisingly well with milk – though the result is a bit lighter than the traditional cuppa of earl grey in my opinion. It’s a nice tea to drink on a gorgeous, sunny morning like this one. _

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
KeenTeaThyme

“Without the added pungency of bergamot” makes me want to try this, during my quest for Earl Grey. Sounds like this might be my cuppa tea (so sorry for the pun). :)

Jillian

Well I’d be willing to trade you some if you’re interested. :)

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84
drank Ice Wine by Granville Island Tea Co
1601 tasting notes

The owner of the Granville Island Tea Co. told me that this is one of their most popular blends, though I do wonder if that has partially to do with the fact that Granville Island is a popular tourist destination and ice wine is becoming known as a rather Canadian sort of thing – like maple syrup.

I found the smell of this tea to be richly sweet and quite fruity\grapey. It doesn’t smell fermented or yeasty like actual wine might, which I’m thankful for as I think that would be rather off-putting. The flavour is quite strong and authentic as if I’d actually mixed ice wine with the black tea in my cup. The flavour is very wine-like but sweeter and with a hint of something a bit floral on the aftertaste.

I really enjoyed this blend; maybe next time I’m in Vancouver I’ll buy a full pouch rather than the little sample of it got on my last visit.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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75

This isn’t a tea I’d normally try with milk as it doesn’t mix with a lot of berry-flavoured teas. But it worked surprisingly nicely with this one – perhaps because of the lemon flavours?

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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75

This is a pretty classic black tea blend and the Granville Island Tea Co does it quite well. The tea is a bit on the astringent side, which actually ends up working with the lemon and strawberry flavours by bringing out the fruitiness. Milk or any sort of dairy would be a big no-no for this tea I think, although a bit of honey might work fine. It’s a light, summer-y sort of tea that brings to mind fancy afternoon tea parties out in the garden on a nice day. It would probably make a good iced brew for this reason as well.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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56
drank Ice Wine by Granville Island Tea Co
373 tasting notes

I think this tea’s finally grown on me. A shame because this is the last cup I’ve got left. I feel my taste for wine grew with this, despite the fact I didn’t actually DRINK any wine. The base is mild, the "soapy"ness of my original post has evolved into a sweet muscatel grape. Reminds me a little more of white grapes (never liked the purple—I think because of growing up on the artificial purple grape taste).

Bumping up the rank just a bit. That’s the last of this.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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56
drank Ice Wine by Granville Island Tea Co
373 tasting notes

Trying this again—five minute steep now, instead of four. It’s really… blech. Maybe I just don’t like wine flavours. But it honestly makes me think of soap. Grapy soap. There’s really no trace of the base in it—it’s weird. Still, I’m sipping it a lot in hopes that maybe the taste will grow on me. At the very least, I’m not spitting it out. And occasionally it does remind me of wine. More the smell, though. Well, I’ve got a good fifty grams of this to experiment with. Although it doesn’t seem like there’s much I can do. Certainly unique.

Edit: An aftertaste is developing and coating my mouth, I’ve noticed—and it’s definitely more grape-y and wine-y. I’m very on the fence about this one.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Ice Wine by Granville Island Tea Co
373 tasting notes

I’ve been on the lookout for a good ice wine tea. Seems only proper as a Canadian. I’ve already got maple.

I had a Baroness Grey while I was there, but wasn’t too pleased with it. Picked up fifty grams of this and their House blend as I left.

It’s very mild. The tea, I mean—it’s oddly tasteless. Difficult to describe—I’m not getting a hot water taste. Almost kind of soapy. Which probably isn’t good. The notes of wine are there in the smell (sans alcohol, which is normally all I can smell or taste whenever I try to consume liquor), and there are sweet notes as I sip. Very odd.

Mellow, though. Reminds me of chamomile, even though this is SUPPOSED to be black tea.

Edit: Tea’s gone cold now, and it’s a soapy but grapy taste. Huh.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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